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Otmar Szafnauer has spoken to the Spanish outlet elconfidencial.com about the current situation at Alpine, including Oscar Piastri's decision to leave the team for the 2023 season.

The newly appointed team principal has expressed his confusion at the choice made by Oscar Piastri to sign elsewhere, rejecting the team that facilitated much of his junior career.

Alpine prematurely announced Piastri's "promotion" after Alonso's move to Aston Martin was made public, but Piastri was swift to clarify his F1 debut would not be with the French squad. 

When asked about the Piastri news, Szafnauer admitted he does not understand the thought process behind his decision:

"I think that's a question for Piastri because I don't understand it. I'm relatively new to the team, but I like it. 

"The direction we have from Luca de Meo is magnificent, and the support he gives us is fantastic. He saved the team."

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"Laurent Rossi, my immediate boss and the CEO of Alpine, is a great man for sponsorship deals, including for the Formula 1 team... All of this is fantastic, and we have shared it with the drivers.

"Luca de Meo has a great vision, he has revived the brand. The cars and their profits finance the team, which can be a great tool to market the brand.

Our strategic plan is very good, and Piastri knows it. Better even than McLaren's. We are ahead of them in the standings and intend to finish ahead of them in the Championship."

Whilst things have unravelled out of control for Alpine, they still have the opportunity to recover and assemble a strong lineup.

There will be options available elsewhere in the market, though their next singing is unlikely to fully compensate for Alonso and Piastri's unexpected departures.

It remains to be seen whether Piastri's gamble to leave Alpine for McLaren will pay off.

Still, the Woking team will continue to battle its French rivals for fourth in the standings as the two outfits aspire to climb up the field.